Ever since they produced the world's first electric guitar in 1932, Rickenbacker has been a main-stay in the world of modern music, with their basses being of particular note. From Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Lemmy, Mike Rutherford, and even Mani (of Stone Roses fame), these excellently crafted instruments have been gracing a wide array of musical genres for more than 50 years, so it's only natural that here at PMT we stock some of their latest models.
Solid Bass Tones, Ringing Sustain and Treble Punch
The Rickenbacker 4003S (seen here in a Ruby Red finish) is a modern upgrade of the 4003, and is widely regarded as one of the finest bass guitars available today. Featuring the traditional Rickenbacker bass style, but with dot inlays and no binding, a pair of specially designed single-coil bass pickups, and that familiar Rickenbacker bass tone, this bass would be a welcome addition to any bassplayers arsenal.
The neck of the 4003S proves to be surprisingly playable, even at the upper registers, giving you the feel of a bass that you've been playing all of your life and that is versatile enough to cover pretty much any musical playstyle.
The basic tone of the 4003S is extremely well-balanced, providing you with a solid midrange and a touch of high-mid honk with a nice, fast attack. The sound is easily tamed with the use of either of the two tone controls though. The bridge pickup alone is the louder of the two, with a throaty, almost-but-not-quite harsh bark that can easily be softened through use of the tone control. The neck pickup focuses on plenty of warmth and fundamentals, producing a pleasing array of woody tones.
Classic 60's Ricken-bass Look
The overall shape and construction of this bass is really a herald back to the famous 4001 and 4003 basses of the 1960s and 1970s, even down to the extensive chrome hardware use. Anyone familiar with the basses of this era will instantly recognise the chrome pickup shield over the bridge position, and the unique scratchplate shape. Having played one of these myself, I can honestly say it feels like holding a piece of rock and roll history in your hands.
An instrument of this quality is always more of an investment than a spur-of-the-moment purchase, with a price to reflect such a commitment. However, here at PMT we offer a range of finance options (including 0% interest), allowing you to spread the cost over several months with a payment plan that will suit you.
If you order this bass before 3pm today you will qualify for our fast, free and reliable next-day delivery service (subject to stock levels, UK customers only).
If you have any queries regarding our payment and delivery options, or even just the availability of this instrument, please feel free to contact our sales team directly on 0151 448 2089.
- Body: Maple
- Neck: Maple
- Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 33 1/4"
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Inlays: Dots
- Neck Type: Through Body
- Pickups: 2 x Single Coil
- Tailpiece: RIC
- Bridge: RIC
- Tuners: Schaller Deluxe
|Case Included||hard case|
|Neck Wood||maple neck|
|Pickup Config||2 x single coil|
|Number Of Strings||4 string|
|Body Material||maple body|
|Body Size||full size|
|Right / Left-Handed||right handed|
|Guitar Style||rickenbacker bass|
September 4, 2019Read Article
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